29-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Chad Jenkins in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Chad Jenkins Contract Information:
Agreed to a $1.359 million signing bonus in Aug. 2009.
Jenkins was outrighted to Triple-A on Friday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Chad Jenkins.
To say Jenkins split time between the MLB and Triple-A might be overselling his time in the majors. Jenkins made two appearances with the Blue Jays, conceding two earned runs across 3.2 innings, but thrived in Triple-A. Jenkins doesn't have wipeout stuff, as seen by his 5.8 K/9 in Triple-A last season. As a starter in Triple-A, Jenkins went 2-4 with a 3.33 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP while holding a 30:11 K:BB ratio in 48.2 innings. His fastball sits right around 90 mph with a slider and changeup to go with it; however, despite not having crazy velocity, Jenkins still struggles to find the strike zone. Most likely, he will be an insurance option to make a spot start as needed, and spend most of his time in the Toronto bullpen or as a member of the rotation at Triple-A Buffalo.
Jenkins has reached 30 innings with the Jays in each of the last three seasons, serving as an extra arm in the bullpen and gobbling up innings while relying on a combination of good control and a pitch-to-contact approach. With a career 48.9% groundball rate in the big leagues, Jenkins has scraped together a 3.25 ERA, though his xFIP (4.32) suggests the potential for volatility given that he strikes out batters at a mere 12.1% clip (4.6 K/9). The last three seasons, Jenkins has been vulnerable against left-handed hitters, who have managed to hit him at a .273/.333/.451 clip. Even with his ability to keep the ball on the ground, Jenkins has shown better splits away from Rogers Centre (.241/.287/.368) than at home (.273/.325/.457).
Jenkins is a low-upside pitching prospect with a consistent minor league history of low strikeout and walk rates. He turned in a 2.70 ERA over 33.1 innings with the Blue Jays last season, despite striking out just 15 batters. Putting his success in a small sample size aside, Jenkins will likely open 2014 at Triple-A Buffalo. He figures to see some major league work before the end of the season, but isn't viewed as anything more than a stopgap.
Called up in early August, Jenkins started three games and earned his first major league victory in 2012. The underlying numbers do not look great as he walked 11 while striking out only 16 over 30 innings. The 20th overall draft pick in 2009 has seen his strikeout rate decline the past few seasons to just 4.5 K/9 at Double-A last season, which limits his upside. He may need to rebuild his former prospect status in the minors all season with the Blue Jays boosting their starting rotation with several acquisitions in the offseason.
Jenkins began to show the polish that many were expecting after being drafted 20th overall in 2009, posting a solid season at Double-A New Hampshire (1.196 WHIP, 4.13 ERA, 6.6 K/9IP in 16 starts) after earning a quick promotion from High-A Dunedin. He doesn't look like anything more than an mid-rotation, innings-eater at this point in his career though.
Jenkins, the 20th overall pick in the 2009 draft, struggled in his first season as a pro between stops at Low-A Lansing and High-A Dunedin (141.2 IP, 3.94 ERA, 1.348 WHIP). Of particular concern was his debut at Dunedin where he struggled to miss bats in a league that favors pitchers. Jenkins drew praise for his polish and command of three pitches coming out of the draft and was expected to handle the transition to pro ball much easier than the stats show. He could develop into a mid-rotation innings eater but will need to improve off his rookie campaign.
Jenkins was selected 20th overall in the 2009 draft and for good reason. The 6-foot-4 right-hander throws in the low-90s with a nice slider and changeup. He earned the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year honors (8-1, 2.54 ERA) by allowing 80 hits and 15 walks in 92 innings with 98 strikeouts. Scouts are hopeful that he can make a pretty smooth transition given his command and poise and he bears watching in his first season as a professional.